Spencer R. Weart

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Spencer R. Weart

Spencer R. Weart (born 1942) was the director of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) from 1971 until his retirement in 2009.


Originally trained as a physicist, he is now a historian of science.[1] He earned his B.A. in Physics at Cornell University in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1968.


In 1990 he interviewed Mikhail Budyko,[2] in 1997 Wallace Broecker.[3]


He has produced numerous historical articles, two children’s science books, and written or co-edited eleven other books,[4] including:

While at AIP he also produced and edited an award-winning website with historical exhibits.


  1. ^ "American Institute of Physics' biographical note on Spencer Weart". aip.org. American Institute of Physics. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interview of Mikhail Budyko by Spencer Weart". Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics. 1990. 
  3. ^ "Interview of Wallace Broecker by Spencer Weart". Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics. 1997. 
  4. ^ Weart's list of publications
  5. ^ "excerpts from Scientists in Power: France and the Origins of Nuclear Energy, 1900–1950 by S. R. Weart". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 35 (3): 41–50. March 1979. 
  6. ^ Bromberg, Joan (18 May 1979). "Review of Scientists in Power by S. R. Weart". Science. 204 (4394): 741–742. Bibcode:1979Sci...204..741W. doi:10.1126/science.204.4394.741. 
  7. ^ Phillips, Melba (Spring 1980). "Review of Leo Szilard: His Version of the Facts by Leo Szilard; Spencer R. Weart (ed.); Gertrud Weiss Szilard (ed.)". Science & Society. 44 (1): 87–89. JSTOR 40402222. 
  8. ^ Lutts, Ralph H. (Winter 1991). "Review of Nuclear Fear: A History of Images by Spencer R. Weart". Environmental History Review. 15 (4): 109–111. JSTOR 3985003. 
  9. ^ Steinfink, Hugo (1994). "Review of Out of the Crystal Maze: Chapters from the History of Solid State Physics edited by L. Hoddeson, E. Braun, J. Teichmann & S. Weart" (PDF). Acta Crystallogr. A50: 796–797. 

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